ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today acknowledged the success of the Civic recycling bin trial with approximately 16,000 kilograms of recycling collected since the program began in November 2011.
The trial was initiated after surveys found 40 per cent of the rubbish in Civic waste bins could be recycled.
"In 2011, the ACT Government committed $165,000 to the installation of 37 new recycling bins around City Walk, Garema Place and the City Bus Station," the Chief Minister said.
"The stainless steel recycling bins were installed next to existing waste bins with appropriate signage to indicate which ones are to be used for recyclable waste and are located at sites where recycling had been identified as being most effective.
"Monitoring of the recycling bins showed that less than eight per cent of rubbish disposed was non-recyclable in nature. It is great to see that not only were the bins used but that they were used correctly.
"We know that Canberra has the best household recycling rates in the country with around 78 per cent of domestic recycling recovered.
"It is great to see that Canberrans have embraced the Civic recycling bins and have continued their good recycling habits when they are out and about in the city.
"As a result of the success of this trial the 37 bins will continue to be available for recycling in the city.
"The ACT Government is committed to providing recycling opportunities like this initiative to meet the objectives set out in the ACT Government's NOWaste Strategy," the Chief Minister concluded.
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